St Bartholomew's Hospital in London celebrates its 900th birthday today and I send my best wishes and congratulations to all who have been part of the history, past and present.
Founded in 1123 by a courtier of King Henry I, St Bartholomew's Hospital in Farringdon has provided continuous patient care on the same site for longer than any other hospital in England. During the medieval era it served as an important shelter for the sick poor and abandoned children. Now, it provides healthcare to 2.5 million Londoners in five sites across central and east London.
The hospital museum has a macabre selection of instruments on display, including some used for amputation